Health Care Foundation Board Celebrates the Arrival of the
Therapeutic Hypothermia Equipment
From Jackie Thornton
Health Care Foundation
Cheryl Pierce, Emergency Room Director, demonstrates the new
Thermal Hypothermia Equipment purchased by the Lights of Life
Gala Committee and Hospital Foundation Board.
Tuesday, August 14; 5:15p.m., Memorial Hospital ED - A portion of the funds raised from the 2011-2012 Lights of Life Campaign and Gala were presented to the hospital for their use in purchasing Therapeutic Hypothermia Equipment. The Health Care Foundation Board and the 2012 Lights of Life Campaign chairs Mickey and Barbara McKenzie will have the opportunity to see the new equipment on Tuesday, August 14th. Cheryl Pierce, ED Director and staff will demonstrate and share the benefits of the new equipment. Also, as an added bonus it was learned that the Philips Company, from whom the equipment was purchased, provided a defibrillator. The defibrillator will be presented to Dr. Forester, a new pediatrician at Memorial Clinic. “We were thrilled to hear that with the purchase of the hypothermia equipment another valuable piece of equipment was provided” said Patsy Johnson, Chairman of the Foundation board of directors. “We love it when our donations create added bonuses” Patsy continued.
The Therapeutic Hypothermia Equipment will be used to lower the body temperature of patients who have suffered cardiac arrest due to specific heart arrhythmias, strokes and/or heat exhaustion. Often by lowering the body temperature brain function is preserved and the neurological outcome of the patient is significantly improved. Use of the equipment begins in the field with EMS; continues in the Emergency Department, ICU and the Cardiac Cath Lab. Not only does the equipment save lives but it also provides another valuable service to the community.
Pierce demonstrates the use of the new Fiber Optic "Wave" machine that was purchased with the Lights
of Life Donation, to assist in inserting a breathing tube.
“During a recent healthcare survey by a regulatory agency, it was shared in closing remarks that the surveyor felt our hospital was one of the best she has surveyed out of the 54 counties she serves. We are excited because we feel that the Foundation has again provided funds that will provide additional services that will help to maintain this level of excellence provided by the hospital” said Jackie Thornton, Director of Foundation.
New Sulphur Springs Pediatrician, right, Dr. Ryan Forster, is presented with a Pediatric AED Machine
that was also purchased with the donation, and will aid children.